Marie-Louise Koen is a Cape Town born Artist and Interior Designer. Kick starting and self-launching her career as an Artist in 2017 her work has been well received internationally, across both New York City and South Africa. Marie-Louise has exhibited in several collaborative shows and had 5 solo exhibitions, exhibiting annually, with her most recent body of work “Been Dreaming of the Med” launching this June 2021.
Self-taught and with no formal artistic training, Marie-Louise is a true creative, getting her inspiration predominantly from female form and expression, she is an active participant in the feminist movement, evident in her subject matter. Working as an Interior Designer and Marketing coordinator at a Tribeca based Architectural Studio in New York City and as a self-represented Artist and Interior Designer based out of Cape Town, Marie-Louise for the past several years has shared her time between both cities which she calls home. Her inspiration for color is often derived from her immediate environment and her bright bold art is often directly related to her interiors work, blurring the lines between both creative fields and using both fields as main forms of creative inspiration to each other.
Her work has been noted and publicized in Elle Decoration, Visi magazine, The Cape Times, SA Décor and Design among other notable publications. Marie-Louise is Currently in Cape Town South Africa where she has been based during the pandemic.
You can find her latest collection at THE YARD Silo 4, Silo District V&A waterfront opening June 2nd and her print series collections at The ultimate summer pop up shop 2A, V&A waterfront opening June 15th.
Faces of a woman 2017, 165 Bree street pop-up gallery, Cape Town (March 2017)
Naked art 2017, Young Blood gallery 70-72 Bree street , Cape Town (December 2018)
Unbecoming 2018, Young Blood gallery 70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town (March 2018)
I AM YOU 2018, Imbizo Gallery Shop 7A Life Style Centre Ballito, Kwa-Zulu Natal (June 2018)
She Is 2019, Oneartspace 23 Warren Street, New York, NY (March 2019)
‘Unmasked’ 2020, The ultimate summer pop up, V&A waterfront, shop LG2A, Cape town (October 2020-current)
Been Dreaming of the Med 2021, The Yard, Silo 4, Silo District, V&A Waterfront
South Morning China Post |How to design a bathroom that adds opulence to your lifestyle|Style Magazine, December 2017
Elle decoration |faces of a woman | editorial | March 2017 ; unbecoming exhibition | What to Look Out for at First Thursday in Jhb and CT, March 2018
VISI |Editorial | Faces Of a Woman Exhibition: Marie-Louise Koen ; Lifestyle|Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To |Naked art December 2017 ; Lifestyle|Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To | unbecoming march 2018 Local Events To Look Forward To | I AM YOU June 2018; Local Events To Look Forward To/Unmasked October 2020.
The Cape Times Top of the times | Visual arts | Artist depicts emotions of a woman, 2 March 2017 ; Top of the times |Visual arts | Art exhibition in its purist and all naked form, 6 December 2017 ; Top of the times | Visual arts | Works aim to free woman from social expectations, 2 March 2017
SA Décor & Design | Marcia Loves it | Local Artist Marie-Louise Koen Launches First Solo Exhibition ‘Faces of A Woman’ At Latitude33, 1 March 2017; Marcia Loves it/ Unmasked a print series by Artist Marie-Louise Koen October 7 2020
The Cape Towner |The entertainer | Faces of a Woman, 2 March 2017
Where Event | Activities in Cape Town | Unbecoming: A solo exhibition by Marie-Louise Koen, March 2018
Art.co.za | Art Exhibition Listings | Unbecoming at Youngblood Gallery, March 2017
The Independent | Visual Arts | Exploring real women, June 2018
The Mercury | Visual Arts| ‘I am You’ solo exhibition at Ballito Gallery, June 2018
Artsmart | Art Exhibition | I AM YOU, June 2018
North Coast Courier | Visual Arts| The art of women- Meet Cape Town creative Marie-Louise Koen, June 2018 Live In Style | Visual Arts| One Art Space She is , March 2019
Internationalwomensday.com | IWD| She is...2019 , March 2019
Art Zelous | Visual Arts| One Art Space is proud to present She is... , March 2019
Prestige Mag / Art, Lifestyle / UnMasked/October 2020